A perfectly sweet and fizzy kombucha cocktail spiked with the season’s best strawberries, drink up!
Let’s talk about the first time I tried kombucha. It was summer about a year ago and it was high time for me to try it. There are at least 2 local kombucha companies in the area, so it really was turning into a have to at this point, right? Plus, it seemed like EVERYONE on the internets was trying/loving the booch, so it was my time too! I happily picked out a bottle from my local grocery store, plunked it down on the counter and went on my merry way. As I was sipping on the bubbly drink (I got a hibiscus ginger flavor), I was thinking ‘this is great! So great for me, pretty delicious, I think I”m on convert!’ Yep, I kept thinking that, until I got to the last of the bottle. (more…)
I’m still sipping on this non boozy summer drink and I have to tell you, it’s so good! I nabbed a huge package of figs at Trader Joe’s last week and knew I had to do something with them, STAT. Some of them were already getting kind of mushy and gross, so I knew it was going to be time to use them up like, yesterday. On a side note, (more…)
I never really realized the true value in shopping local produce until this past year. I always just kind of assumed that produce was available year around (hooray!) and if it’s cheap, why bother? When we moved to Milwaukee a few years ago, I started to realize how lucky we are to live in a place that has so many farmer’s markets, and good ones to boot. Ranging from the usual staples, to all the varieties of tomatoes you could ever want and a taco truck selling off to the side, our farmer’s markets have quite a few options. After going to my favorite farmer’s market a few times and meeting/talking with the producers of the fruits and veggies I was buying, I realized how much more I enjoy eating and cooking with it, rather than just picking it up from the grocery store and hoping that it’s ripe. It also doesn’t hurt that there is a very cute older gentleman who sells corn and sings the oldies while he does it, so really I go for the cute sellers and good plants. (kidding, but he is sweet!) (more…)
It’s the Wednesday before a holiday weekend (here in the U.S.) and we all have picnics and cookouts to plan, so let’s make this brief, cool? I have mint totally coming out of my ears right now, especially since I killed off my jalapeno and bell pepper plans (RIP), on account of neglect, a few dry days and just overall forgetting they were even on our side patio (whoops!). The two remaining, hearty potted plants I have left are a decent amount of pretty basil leaves and this mint that is just overtaking the entire pot they are sharing. I know that mint is pretty easy to take care of and usually survives a lot of the up and down temps here in the Midwest, but little did I know that I would end up with just SO much of it. My initial reaction was the throw a mojito party, (please come help me drink them!), but I knew I needed another way to use up the bevvy of mint I have going. Since the cherries are in their heyday right now, they seemed like a perfect pairing with the fresh mint and blended into tart lemonade. Summer in a glass!
You can make this cherry mint lemonade with or without alcohol, it’s all up to you! I made this cherry lemonade with the intention of being a straight up lemonade recipe, rather than a cocktail, but when I posted a teaser picture of this on Facebook yesterday, someone asked if it was ‘with voddy?’. I thought, um, you know what, yes, yes please serve this with some voddy (vodka) and call it a night. This is like the perfect day to night dress you have in your closet, plain and businesslike during the day, but can be made into ‘Ohh girl you look good!’ accessory for a nighttime barbecue.
I just started comparing lemonade and dresses, so it’s time to sign off and start thinking about the weekend! I’m ready for cherry wine and lots of chocolate chip cookies on the patio. Enjoy the weekend friends, I’ll be back next week with an ice cream recipe inspired by my favorite Wisconsin cocktail.
Cherry Mint Lemonade
Author: Abby Thompson
Recipe type: Drink
- 2 cups cherries
- Juice of 4 lemons
- 3 cups of cold water
- ¼ cup agave nectar
- ⅓ cup mint
- In a blender, blend together all of the ingredients until combined. Serve cold over ice and add vodka, if that's your style!
I had to warn myself after I put these in the fridge, these are boozy smoothies filled with bourbon and wine that should NOT be taken to work for a snack. It is so automatic for me to just grab a smoothie in the fridge and take it for a mid-morning snack (like this blueberry and toasted oat one!) or drink with my breakfast, so I just have to keep telling myself that these are the after work kind. These boozy smoothies are more like (more…)
I know smoothies aren’t usually winter treats, but I’ve been chipping away at this sweet/salty fudge and just polished off this cake and it’s high time for something a little lighter. I like my smoothies on the thinner side, but don’t want juice, I want a smoothie! If I wanted juice, I would have juice, you know? So my solution was making a batch of homemade cashew milk and adding it in with the blood orange beauties I found at Trader Joe’s during my last shopping trip. Oftentimes, I grab the season’s produce without thinking about what I’m really going to do with it, but Kathryn’s creamy smoothie inspired me to go heavy handed on the citrus with a winter time smoothie. Blood oranges seem to be tad sweeter than their regular counterparts, with a gorgeous dark red juice that was just perfect for a pink-hued smoothie. Frozen pineapple seemed like another perfectly tart addition, as well as balancing out the sweetness of the blood oranges. I loved this smoothie as is, but if you want to add some sweetness, I think a tablespoon of agave nectar and a teaspoon of vanilla extract (DIY it!) would make perfect additions. If you can’t find blood oranges, sub in your favorite winter citrus. But honestly, that color and the touch of sweetness the oranges bring can’t be beat!
Bon weekend friends! xoxo
Creamy Blood Orange Tropical Smoothie
- 4 blood oranges, peeled
- 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used homemade cashew milk)
- ½ cup orange juice
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- Blend together all of the ingredients until mixture is completely smooth. Add in vanilla and agave nectar for a bit more sweetness. Serve immediately.